South Africa’s IPA scene is looking up. Within the greater Cape Town area alone I can quickly count five superb American-style IPAs that do a fine job of showcasing their respective hops. And the Valve IPA from Riot is certainly one of the five.
To look at, it’s kind of a luminescent orangey-gold with fairly significant haze that is in part because this is an unfiltered brew and I suspect in part because the Riot team have not been shy in the dry-hopping department.
Nose-wise, there’s a touch of toffee, but hops definitely dominate. I got gooseberries, lychees and a smidgen of spice. It’s highly moreish, with clean hoptastic flavours backed up with just the right amount of malt. Crisp and refreshing but jam-packed with flavour, Valve quickly became the go-to pint when a bunch of beer nerds got together for some brews and views at Saints Burger Joint.
Seek out Valve at Saints, Roeland Liquors, Hillcrest Tops (KZN) or Beer Yard in PE, or get down to Riot’s Woodstock tasting room at The Palms Centre, open Friday 12pm-late and Saturday 10am-2pm.